At the Payer Exchange Summit V, pills sponsored by the Community Oncology Alliance (COA), held October 24-25, 2016, in Tyson’s Corner, Virginia, Bruce Gould, MD, medical director, Northwest Georgia Oncology Center, presented an overview of how cancer care has improved over the years, what the challenges are, and how practices can adapt to payment reform.
“The number of new cancer cases and survivors are expected to rise,” Gould said. “Survivors will increase from 11.7 million in 2007 to 18 million in 2020. Patients are living longer, especially with multiple treatment options available—however, the new treatments are expensive.” Melanoma, for example, has seen a significant improvement in patient survival, especially after the checkpoint inhibitors arrived on the scene. “But these drugs come with a significant price tag,” Gould said.
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